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Exponential Hoppiness | Alpine Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States
alpinebeerco.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Hop Monster uses multiple kettle hop additions with the technique of doubling the hop amount each addition (exponentially). Add in the hop back and the continuous dry hopping and your starting to get the picture. The beer is finished off with a "body-bag" sized hop-bag full of hop cones and oak chips. There it ages and mellows, disguising the alcohol content for a double strong, incredibly hoppy, yet drinkable beer.

Added by xlperro on 12-08-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#226
Reviews:
400
Ratings:
1,314
pDev:
9.05%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,491
Gots:
100
Trade:
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Ratings: 1,314 |  Reviews: 400
Photo of Cavery
3.92/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Went to Alpine today, and what a joy! Expo Hop on tap!

Review from notes.

A: Smelted gold with a core of solar flares. A modest foamy head of about two fingers rises from the glass. Ultra fine ivory bubbles form over the gold bar body. Yellows dominate the outside of the beer, but a battle between yellows and oranges ensues in the body for color dominance. speckled lacing peppers the glass, not too much to mention.

S: The nose is pretty darn crazy! Tamarind and lime salts meld together for a uniquely malt sweet nose. Sugary saltwater taffy that is sticky with sweetness. This is a sticky bomb of sweetness. Sugar crystals form on honey-sickles. Blossomy orange notes keep me from contracting diabetes. Hops were actually faint behind alcohol infused honeys. Really I got a dominating sweetness out of this.

T: Blossoms, Alcohol, and some rather hoppy nectars. The alcohol really rides this pretty heavily. A real honey-mead character that really complicate my flavor description. A lemony alcohol lingers with the specters of some hops. The alcohol slayed a lot of complexity for me here. The alcohol was the dragon-slayer, and the hops the dragon. It was there for a bit, but then the hero prevailed.

M: Silky alcohols and honey mix for an enjoyable introduction to this beer. The alcohol keeps the honey qualities from being too sticky, and perhaps contributes to limiting the hop presence for me in breaking up any hop resins. The bubbles give the beer an almost spicy like mouthfeel. The bubbles vibrate the alcohol a little bit. Eventually the alcohol coats the tongue with a less than sticky honey-marmalade glaze.

O: Really quite good, but the big alcohol character was a bit too much for me. I found it to be a well integrated element, but still rather dominating. Don't get me wrong, I expected this to be a stronger beer. Though the alcohol became quite the flavor inhibitor after a half glass. If you want to numb up to a brew, drink exponential hoppiness. You will be able to do things like go to the dentist after. If you want to be able to get introspective about your palate, then I recommend practicing with a less taxing offering. Honestly my least favorite Alpine IPA. It's not badly made, but it just doesn't compare to any one of the other great IPAs I associate with Alpine.

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Photo of xedous
3.92/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of Oakhtar
3.92/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beerwolf77
3.93/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to billab914 for this beer.

Bottle split into two pint glasses. Poured into my glass the beer is cloudy golden amber. Full three fingers of off white head recede slowly to leave thick chunks of lace.

The aroma is a solid amount of hops and citrus. The citrus fruit is a touch sweeter than I had expected along with a decent amount of malt backbone.

The flavor is a nice mix of pine and grapefruit. This is balanced very well with a good amount of malt. Lots of fresh cut grass and a hint of earthiness. The ABV is well represented with a good heat kick.

Medium body. Fairly dry. Modest carbonation.

Overall a nice DIPA. Not as in your face as I expected after reading the lable but worthy.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.93/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle shared with 321jeff and d13logan

First beer I tried from Alpine was Pure Hoppiness which I enjoyed, but didn't love. Regardless, still very excited to try this as it has the potential to be exceptional. Pour is a dark golden, copperish color, mildly hazed. Consistent frothy off white head and thick strings of lace. Aroma is strong and potent as expected, citrus and piney hops, resiny with caramel malt balance yet lacks any real wow factor for this style. Flavor is similar, loads of citrus and pine hops with caramel malt backbone and also some oakiness not as apparent in the aroma. Alcohol is also fairly strong throughout and there is something in the yeast used that we all identify as immediately recognizable from the Pure Hoppiness. PH was a favorite for being so smooth, balanced and drinkable and unfortunately this did not live up to the hype or reputation for the relatively fresh bottle we had.

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Photo of HOPSareKey
3.93/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

thought this was going to be amazing from everything I was hearing. looks very clean, just doesn't finish as crisp as I would like it. very bitter. I guess I may be spoiled due to Scream IIPA.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.94/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a taster.

Appearance - Deep amber almost copper. Not much of a head. Slight wisps.

Smell - Not as citrusy as I expected. Grapefruit and a ton of pine. Malt behind it. Musty.

Taste - Hoppier here, but it has just as much malt. Pretty damn hoppy. Grapefruit and resiny pine. Not my favorite hop profile but it's over the top and somehow balanced by malt.

Mouthfeel - Heavy for an IPA. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Least impressive IPA from Alpine. Still a pretty damn good IPA.

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Photo of Brian29
3.96/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paytoplay
3.97/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap at sd toro, and uber fresh. Great aroma. Nice rich complex hops, pine, spice, floral and only a touch tropical. Great upfront aroma and flavors. Not as rich and viscious as I usually enjoy. Mid is nice but starts to fade and the finish is short. Maybe the 10+ alc thins and cuts this down too early. It is pretty darn good, wish this was in bottle.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. Served in a teku glass 3/9/2015.

A- Hazy copper body, two finger white head (in the teku) with nice lacing, medium collar that sticks around for a while. Swirling the glass brings the head back quite easily as well.

S- Actually don't smell much. I expected much more from a hoppy triple IPA, however it smelled very dull and boring next to a glass of Alpine Nelson. As it warms up, I get more of a sugary caramel sweetness, with a bit of grapefruit juice, passion fruit and bitter pine. But for the most part, a pretty average nose especially for a triple IPA.

F- Very sweet, sugary and caramel forward, with a bit of tropical fruit, passion fruit, citrus and pineapple kicking in. It actually tastes pretty good, but for all of the hoopla behind this beer, it was fairly disappointing. Again, the bottle of Nelson I opened up with this far outstripped the drinking experience on this beer.

M- Thick-medium body, not quite syrupy, but just about right for a triple IPA. Slick, resinous, easy to drink, not boozy at all. Probably the best characteristic behind this beer.

O- Solid triple IPA, but this comes nowhere close to Hill Farmstead Ephraim, which I consider the benchmark for triple IPAs (not having had Pliny the Younger). Sweet and tasty, but not particularly complex or as interesting as the aforementioned beers.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.99/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer sparkles the color of a dying fire and hot embers. it is so crystal clear, i can see my fingerprints clearly through the glass. the head is thick and peppered with small orbs, the lacing is monstrously sticky and nearly all-encompassing.

big hop aroma, not overly citrusey, but fresh. hints of cherry syrup and maplewood round out an intriguing nose. this is certainly not traditional west coast.. starting to remind me alot of the recently released mojo risin' in its balanced interpretation of the extreme.

now i know where the woody smell comes from. oak chips, as you might have read above. well, the first thing i thought when i drank this beer was "burton baton!".. only mellower and less sweet. like bb used to be. whereas dfh's woody dipa ends with a blast of caramelly sweetness, this beer ends with an even dryness that reeks of hop oils and balances the whole experience nicely. not to mention, the alcohol (10+?) never comes into play or interferes with my quaffing experience.

the only criticism is the mouthfeel/taste of the beer mid-palate. it washes over the tongue, initially, with some abrasiveness. i can only describe this brief sensation as mildly metallic, and a tad minty. it seems to be a lead-up to the last blast of grapefruity hop flavor before the dryness appears in the finish.

overall, an excellent beer.. but as the previous reviewer stated, not in the top tier of double ipa's.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.99/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dominant aromas of resin and grapefruit with a lesser note of mango. The taste has a balanced sweetness and hints of overripe fruit. Finishes grassy and bitter. Mouthfeel is slightly thick and undercarbonated, but this growler had been opened the day before.

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Photo of Bradaplast
3.99/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Schlais
4/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Reappropriated
4/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of mhenson42
4/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of tsandler
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of resistdefy
4/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of waddellc2
4/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Rizzy17
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Drtfinelli
4/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Adkins721
4/5  rDev -9.5%

Exponential Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
Beer rating: 4.42 out of 5 with 1,314 ratings
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